Whānau News

Ngā Whānau Kōrero o Te Kura Tuatahi o te Iringa o Kahukura.


Issue 33: 26th of October 2016

Please remember to regularly visit the School Calendar to see all events that are happening across the school.

Kia ora Whānau

We are very excited to be able to share with you our new cultural narrative. If you missed last week’s special edition of the Whānau news please read on….


Mātauraka Mahaanui, an education advisory board, was established post earthquake in partnership with Ngāi Tahu and the Ministry of Education, with the mandate to advise the education sector on kaupapa Māori in the rebuild. Mātauraka Mahaanui has composed a number of cultural narratives highlighting Ngāi Tahu settlement, history, sites of significance and eco-literacy.

In consultation with the school, the local rūnaga and Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Mātauraka Mahaanui have identified names that are unique to Cashmere Primary School based around the Kererū. These names reflect not only the schools existing environment, but how Kererū would have flourished here in the native bush.

Our Cultural Narrative

Please click here to see the overview of our cultural narrative, including all of the new names for our buildings, learning teams and our school.

In addition to this, please feel free to listen to a brief audio file where Corban Te Aika shares the correct pronunciation of these new names.

If you have any questions or feedback around our cultural narrative please email or drop in and see me.

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Ngā mihi nui

Gavin Burn, Principal


Important Dates

Friday November the 4th - Twilight Fair


Tuesday 13th December

Whole School Picnic on the school field starting at 5pm until 6.30pm. Bring along the family and some kai. We will have students performing throughout the event. This will celebrate the end of the year and will replace our traditional end of year assembly that we normally have on the last day for Rata, Kowhai and Matai.


Thursday 15th December

Final Assembly for Matai and Totara when we farewell our year 8 students as they move onto high school and welcome our year 7's who step up to become our year 8's in 2017. This will be held at Cashmere High School's Performing Arts Centre from 7-8.30pm. At the conclusion of the assembly, year 8 children and their Whānau are invited to stay for a catch up and a cuppa.


Important Notices

Award for Jacqui Duncan

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We are delighted to share with you that Jacqui Duncan (ex principal of Cashmere Primary, for those new families who may not know) was awarded her medal at Parliament and became a Member of the NZ Order of Merit MNZM last week.

Jacqui accepted the award as a joint effort and honour on behalf of Cashmere Primary's wonderful staff, students and Whānau (her words). Our congratulations go to Jacqui and it is fully deserved. Jacqui worked tirelessly over 15 years leading our school to become the best it can be and we all reap the rewards of this today.


ERO Report

We have recently received our confirmed ERO report (external evaluation) and would like to take this opportunity to share this with you, and celebrate all of the great things about our school. Click here to read.


From the Student Council

We raised a huge $470.00 from our Mufti day where we dressed up as animals. It was great to see so much enthusiasm and creativity put into the costumes. Thank you to everyone and the money will go to the SPCA to keep up the great work they do.

The last Mufti day for the term will be on Wednesday, 23rd November and it will be a day to support  both Amelia Sullivan and Imogen Rouse who are  are training hard in preparation for the Irish Dance Worlds in Dublin in April 2017.  They will both be dancing their solo dances in Dublin as Amelia placed 2nd in NZ in her age group (under 12 girls) and Imogen was placed 1st in (under 10 girls).  They will also be part of the 32 dancers team from the O'Neill School of Irish Dance where both girls attend. Money raised goes towards the dancers airfares to Dublin and accommodation while at the World Irish Dance competition.  So... dress up in green for the day and help out our very talented Irish dancers by bringing a gold coin.


Netsafe - Notice for Whānau

Please read this brief but important information/advice from Netsafe.


Sun Hats

A reminder that children are required to wear school regulation sunhats in term 4. These may be purchased through the school uniform shop at a cost of $15 each.  


School Notices

Parking on Hackthorne Road - The safety of our children is important to us all

We have had several parents share their frustrations around parents parking in the P3 parks and getting out of their cars. Whilst we acknowledge the parking at school is difficult this behaviour is unfair on those who park briefly, stay in their cars and use the P3 as the drop off and pick zone that it is intended for. If there is no noticeable improvement here we will be asking the city council parking unit to support us.



The board of trustees and the school are excited to share with you that we are now a ‘SchoolDocs School’. This will mean that there is a significant change in the way that our policies and procedures are presented and reviewed. More information will follow over the coming weeks to keep you fully informed of this change. In the meantime to see how SchoolDocs works check out their website.


Staffing Update

Following on from our advertised positions and last terms appointment process we are excited to announce the following appointments, click here to read.


Music News

Twilight Fair Main Stage - the schedule for the main stage entertainment can be found here. Ukulele group, Jazz Combo, Concert Band and For A Better Day will be performing, followed by Senior Kapa Haka, Kowhai Choir, some family entertainment arranged by the PTA, and Matai Choir! Thank you to teachers, tutors and parents who are involved in supporting these performances, and to the talented students who will performing!


Flute Exam successes - congratulations to Grace Greenstreet and Isla McLarin, who passed their Grade 2 flute exams recently. Well done, girls!

Congratulations to Maddie Carter (LS17) for receiving Distinction in her Grade 2 flute exam in Term 3. Well done on your achievement Maddie!


Christchurch Schools' Music Festival - Best of luck to students involved in these performances at Horncastle Arena from Wednesday to Friday this week... Lucy Watt (orchestra), Hana McMillan (Junior Special Choir), Jack Calder (Senior Special Choir), Charlotte Beasley (Concert Band) and Totara Choir (Friday night).


Sports Uniforms

Please keep returning sports uniforms to the school office asap.


Jump Rope 4 Heart Programme

Congratulations to the students who participated in the Jump Rope 4 Heart programme this year, we raised a fantastic $792.00.  Well done Cashmere Primary School.


Year 8 Wellington Trip Fundraising - Upcoming Events

Scrap Metal Collection Fundraiser

The scrap metal collection skip is located on the site of the old church (now the Staff carpark). Please put any scrap metal into the skip - ask your friends, neighbours and family to contribute too.  Click here to view further information.


Pinecone Fundraiser

Sacks of pinecones $5 each, Available to purchase at the school office, Free delivery for 5 or more bags.  Please support your school in their fundraising!  For further information email office@cashmereprimary.school.nz.  Pine Cones can be collected from the bottom court, please drive up the driveway off Dyers Pass Road, either between 9.00-9.30 or 2.00-2.30 each day.  Stock up now for next winter or purchase for your outdoor brazier for those cool summer evenings.


From the PTA

Cashmere Primary Twilight Fair



Sign up to volunteer for one hour on the night - follow this link to add your name to the list. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bsKp34O9cEJzE5kB6eprXT7yLoPflz3jhuwHzKDuDv4/edit?usp=sharing

Come and join us tell a magical story play!

Featuring the talents of Cashmere Parents, it's interactive, fun and involving some arts and crafts This delightful , low key 40min show will be sure to raise a smile. Stay and enjoy or go and check out the other fair stalls while your child watches!  Show times :

4:30pm, 5:10pm and 5:50pm

Tickets are $10 per child including a gift from Santa and their arts and crafts creation.

Book your places!! Space means that we have a  maximum of 35 children for each show.

An adult is required to stay with children 3 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the school office where you can choose which available show you would like to attend.

We will only accept payment at the door if there is spaces  remaining        

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We are looking for cool dads in leather jackets... Yes, we are looking for passionate people who would like to offer our school kids a session about any of their passions i.e. knitting, reading, how to make sth, or about motor bikes - can we hear a Harley Davidson sound right there?!

So if you happen to be a parent with a passion, and want to share that for 1hour with excited kids, then contact us at passionforseeds@gmail.com. THANK YOU!

PS: There has become a few spaces available this week for the photography session tomorrow with Stephanie and the baking session with Katie on Thursday after school. If your child is keen then please go straight to sign up genius to this weblink


New courses are starting soon! Keep your eyes open for the announcement. Sign ups are pretty fast!


Weetbix Triathlon 

If your children are interested in entering into next year’s Weetbix Triathlon at Jellie Park on Sunday 26th February 2017, we have registered Cashmere Primary as a school group for 2017.  To register simply go totry.weetbix.co.nz and register and link when requested to Cashmere Primary School.  In order to qualify for the school group prize draws you must be registered by Tuesday 2 February 2017, however the 2016 event sold out very early so it is recommended you register early. If you have any questions please contact our school co-ordinator Joanna Kelly on jjpkelly@gmail.com or 021 061 4302.


Community Notices

If you would like a notice put into the Whānau News please email it by Friday each week to: office@cashmereprimary.school.nz and write ‘for Whānau news’ in the subject line.



Halloween is fast approaching. Would be lovely to see the kids out trick or treating. It can often be hard to tell which houses to call to, especially with the complex driveways of Cashmere.  If your house are welcoming of trick or treaters could you please put a ribbon or balloon on your postbox or gate so the kids know where to go?


Variety Concert – Fundraiser for the Canterbury Highland Dancers trip to Paris

10 Cashmere Primary students will be performing at a fundraising variety concert for the Canterbury Highland Dancers, 7 of whom will be travelling to perform at the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance in Paris this November. Items include: group items to be showcased in Paris, JK Dance Company performing tap and jazz items, highland dancing, a jazz band and other acts.   

The concert starts at 3pm at Hillview Christian School on Sunday 30 October.

Please contact Jo (021 1244998), Celia (022 185 1253) or Marjie (021 329030) for tickets.



Summer Holiday Nanny Available

Hi, my name is Olivia Gray. I am 19 years old and I have just completed my first year of university. I am looking for a job as a Nanny over the 2016/2017 summer holiday. I am available from the 14/11/16 till mid-February 2017.

I have had a lot of experience looking after kids. Last year I had a gap year and I worked as a group leader and activities instructor at a children’s holiday camp in France. In this role I was responsible for groups of children between the ages of 7 and 15 as I took them on activities such as zipwire and climbing or guided them around landmarks such as Mont St Michel. I also volunteered as a teacher in Fiji for 3 months. In Fiji I worked full time to help students struggling with reading and writing as well as taking sports, drama and library classes.

I can be contacted via email on liv.gray@icloud.com


Family Looking For Large House to Rent in the Cashmere High School Zone

We are shifting from Dunedin to Christchurch for the start of the school year 2017.  We are looking for a large house that would accommodate two adults and five children to rent long term from mid December onwards.   We are very house proud and would look after your home or rental property inside and out extremely well.  My contact details are:  Kelly 0274826324.   


Road Patrol Roster







Week 3

24 October

25 October

26 October

27 October

28 October


Labour Day

The Johns Family

The Allott Family

The Carnahan Family

The Winter Family


Labour Day

The Melton Family

The To Family

The Miu Family

The Ward Family

Week 4

31 October

1 November

2 November

3 November

4 November


The T Smith Family

The Wakefield Family

The Duncan Family

The Watson Family

The Gillespie Family


The Blackie Family

The Kelly Family

The Plumridge Family

The McHarg Family

The Gimblett Family


Please contact Sue Meehan if you are able to assist with crossing duty on Hackthorne Road, sue.meehan@cashmereprimary.school.nz


For more information:

> School Calendar

> 2016 Learning Space/School Organisation

> 2016 Term Dates

>Uniform Shop